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Dynamic Cosmos

1st Edition

By Mark S. Madsen

Chapman and Hall/CRC

144 pages

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Hardback: 9780412623004
pub: 1996-05-15
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Description

This book makes accessible the basic principles and ideas of modern cosmological theory to undergraduates in mathematics, physics and related areas of study. The areas covered include observations, expansion of the universe, cosmological problems, formation of structure, production of helium in the early universe and inflationary models of the origin of the universe. There is an accessible treatment of inflationary theory, black holes, magnetic monopoles and boson stars. The dark matter debate is also discussed and detailed exercises are provided at the end of each chapter.

Previous knowledge of relativity or quantum field theory is not required; rather the book provides a detailed exposition of how cosmological theory has developed. The author aims to encourage students to develop their own insights into cosmology.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The observed universe

Cosmological equations

Cosmological Redshift and horizons

Evolution of the cosmological density parameter

The thermal history of the universe

Cosmological synthesis of elements

Cosmic asymmetry and the origin of matter

Primordial cosmologica inflation

The evolution of cosmic structure

Dark matter and structure formation

Exotic objects

Survey of cosmological theory

Appendix A: physical units and constants

Appendix B: selected bibliography of cosmology

Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MAT000000
MATHEMATICS / General
SCI040000
SCIENCE / Mathematical Physics
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics